My Skincare Routine

Skincare is so important, especially for those of us who work outside, in the dust, wind, sunshine. I’m sure you get the idea! As busy women, it is difficult to find the time to establish a solid skincare routine. I started small, just a cleanser, a dark spot corrector, and a couple of different moisturizers. If you want to read more about my skin type and an overview of my whole routine, that is all in the Introduction to Beauty blog post.

When I leave early in the mornings, I will just wash my face with water. And use Neutrogena’s Hydro-Boost Water Gel and Jergen’s Nourishing Honey Lotion on my face. I make sure to bring these products down to my neck, as well.

I’ll also use Hydro-Boost Hand Gel Cream by Neutrogena and Jergen’s lotion on my hands. This takes me only 10 minutes. It is quick and painless, and best of all, it makes me look more awake than I feel! It takes me a couple cups of coffee to get going in the mornings. If I have more time, I will cleanse my face using Neutrogena’s Hydro-Boost Cleansing Gel and Olay’s facial cleansing brush. This still only takes me 15-20 minutes.

At night, after I have showered, I use my Neutrogena cleanser and cleansing brush to wash my face. If I am wearing makeup or got really dusty, I will wash my face twice. A little side note about the cleansing brush, don’t stay in one spot too long. This brush is an exfoliator, and it is easy to damage your skin if you leave the brush in one area for too long. Run the brush over your face in a slow, circular motion, preferably in the direction the brush head is spinning. It is a nice, deep clean if you use it properly, though! After washing my face, I use a dark spot corrector, by ISDINCEUTICALS, gently patting it onto my face and neck. This pigment corrector is an exfoliant, so I only use it once a day. My skin can’t handle being exfoliated too much. I let the corrector dry for a few minutes before I finish up my routine (just until my face feels smooth and no longer tacky) to let it absorb into my skin. This helps it not be wiped away when applying moisturizers. Finally, I use Neutrogena’s Water Gel and Jergen’s lotion to finish up my night routine. My nightly routine can take up to 30 minutes, depending on how long it takes the pigment corrector to dry.

This product is a bit more expensive than the rest, but totally worth it if you want to even out your pigmentation

I try to keep my routine simple; otherwise, I’ll skip it the first day I’m too busy to do a long, complicated routine. And once I leave out something once, I’m less likely to start doing it again. Keep checking back for more posts on the individual products I use and why! And don’t forget to subscribe for updates brought directly to your inbox.

Happy Journeys!

Shayne

Introduction to Beauty

Disclaimer: I am not a licensed professional or doctor, and all of the content of the beauty category has been obtained from my personal experience.

I love throwing on a cute outfit, doing my makeup, and going out on the town (although since COVID pretty much shut everything down, “going out on the town” means my living room!). I might live in the country and love all things country, but there is still a little bit of a city girl inside me! I don’t wear makeup every day, except for a little mascara, so putting on my full face is a treat.

My Skin and Hair Care Routine

Since I don’t wear makeup every day and usually don’t have much extra time, my beauty routine is pretty simple. I do try to hit all of the significant issues for my skin and hair, though. I have combination skin that is fair in the winter, but it gets very tan in the summer, at least my face and arms do. The rest doesn’t get much sun! My hair is straight, and my scalp tends to be oily, but I get dandruff, especially in the winter. Because I have oily, dry skin, it is difficult for me to find products that don’t make me more oily or more dehydrated. I try to use products that are formulated specifically for combination skin. I find it is easier to find hair products that work; I have to switch them up more often, though, to keep them working for my hair and scalp.

Putting on my Face

When I put on makeup, I like to refer to the process as “putting on my face,” as I do find it a little funny that we use all of these products to enhance our looks, and sometimes, we even end up looking like an entirely different person. But it’s a lot of fun, and usually, the result looks pretty good!

I also try to keep my makeup routine quite basic because, again, I don’t have a lot of time and makeup is EXPENSIVE. I use a liquid foundation, concealer when I have breakouts, a powder foundation to set my makeup, eye shadow, and mascara. I occasionally use eyeliner, but to be honest, I’m not very good at drawing a good line, so I don’t use it very often. I will get more in-depth with my skin and hair care and makeup routine in a future post, so stay tuned!

Happy Journeys,

Shayne